Did You Know That September 21st Is Concussion Awareness day?
Serious head injuries such as concussions or post-concussion syndrome can still be felt long after the injury has occurred. Being able to recognize signs of a concussion can often be difficult to detect.
Concussions are surprisingly a very common injury that many people suffer from. It’s important to recognize signs of a concussion. Even a small concussion can cause long-term adverse health effects.
This article focuses on how you can identify the signs of a concussion. To learn more about concussion treatments click here.
If you continue to suffer from headaches/migraines long after you have sustained a concussion click here to learn more!
Here are the details of what this article will cover:
- What are the signs of a concussion?
- What is post-concussion syndrome and signs of post-concussion syndrome?
- Return to play protocol and concussion screening
Signs of a Concussion
Here are some signs of a concussion you should watch for when the injury has occurred.
1. Feeling dazed and confused
2. Feeling nausea or vomiting
4. The feeling of pressure in the head/ a headache
5. Memory loss (doesn’t remember the event happening)
7. Ringing in the ears
8. Slurred speech
9. Loss of consciousness
Try to remember that you do not have to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion.
Friday, September 21st is dedicated to concussion awareness. Concussions can happen to all people from all walks of life and being able to recognize the signs of a concussion is extremely important. You could be an athlete, an elderly person, or even a young child. If left untreated, concussion symptoms can be still felt long after the injury has occurred causing headaches/migraines, balance issues, vision problems, and changes in behaviour like mood swings and depression.
Did you know, that indications of a concussion won’t always show up immediately after the injury? Often times you will notice signs of a concussion; hours, days or even weeks after the injury has happened. It’s important to seek medical professionals when noticing symptoms such as:
1. Changes in mood or behaviour
2. Sensitivity to sound or light
3. Change in sleep patterns
What is Post-concussion syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome is the after-effects of a concussion. It’s common to completely miss the signs of a post-concussion due to the symptoms only appearing 7 days after the injury has occurred. Then often they go away within 3 months or so. These after-effects can be felt long after the injury has happened sometimes up to a year after the injury has happened, these signs are…
- Feeling dazed and confused
- The feeling of pressure in the head/ a headache
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
Dr. Ian Horseman has over 2,700 hours in neurological at the Ph.D. level. Dr. Horseman has tirelessly studied concussions over the years in such areas as neurology courses in traumatic brain injury and vestibular system therapies, specifically concussions, degenerative brain disease, headaches, balance and gait, vertigo and numerous brain-based conditions.
Using state-of-the-art technology Dr. Horseman and the staff at the Posture Clinic have helped over 300 athletes, children and elderly individuals get back to work, participate in sport and back to their daily lives.
Concussion screening is important for those who are playing high contact sports, the data will be stored for future baseline testing. A concussion screening test is a baseline test for your brain to set a standard in which you can compare it to detect a concussion. For girls, the most common sport for concussions is soccer and for boys, the most common sport for concussions to happen is football or hockey.
It’s important to get a concussion screening before the season starts. At the Posture Clinic, the concussion screening testing data will be stored up to 2 years for future baseline concussion testing.
The process of diagnosing a concussion can often time be difficult due to the symptoms being delayed.
Return To Play Protocol
At the Posture Clinic, our step-by-step concussion protocol includes:
1. Forming a concussion diagnosis
3. Return to practice without contact or return to work (light/small shifts)
4. Return to play
5. Follow up on progress
6. Test Results such as balance testing coordination processes skills, motion guidance systems, tracking eye movements and reaction time.